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Great Budget TV!,
This review is from: Hiteker TL32Z10H-DTP 32-Inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV/DVD Combo (Electronics)
My ancient 19" analog TV was on its last legs, so it was time to finally upgrade. This particular Hiteker model TV/ DVD combo was going for a steal at another retailer during Black Friday/ Cyber Monday week, so I snagged it for well under 300 bucks. (Check out the customer images gallery where I posted one picture of the TV so you know I actually did buy it.)
I waited with trepidation for the TV to arrive, not really knowing what to expect for something of that price. But surprisingly, it turned out to be pretty good for what it was, and that's a decent budget television set.
First things first-- visually, this is a nice looking model. It's nowhere near as "sexy" as higher end models, but it doesn't scream "cheap", either.
The screen is wall mountable, but I chose to put the TV on the base, which is a rectangular piece with a curved surface and glossy finish. This requires assembly using four screws. I was a little nervous about this at first, because the base is made out of plastic. I expected maybe some jiggle when I assembled the unit. But when I tightened the screws, the TV was pretty solid.
Setting up everything else was a breeze. I use OTA, so I immediately hooked up the roof antenna cable and scanned for channels. At first I panicked because it seemed as if I was losing channels (I previously was using a Zenith Digital Tuner Tv Converter Box Dtt900 box that picked up a lot of stations), but then I switched to a different coaxial cable and I got all my channels back. I also hooked up my ancient Panasonic VHS (yes, I still have one of those) and I had no issues getting that to work.
I next tried out the DVD player (which loads from the right side) and that worked fine. Lastly, I connected a digital camera to one of the inputs and was able to display still images. I have not tried out any of the HDMI ports, but I'll update this review as soon as I do.
Picture resolution is great-- HDTV channels come in sharp, crystal clear and with eye popping colors, so no complaints on that end. The screen was also free of any defects such as dead pixels or discoloration.
Sound is "okay." Not terrible, but because it's located behind the screen, the acoustics are a little off. But I was able to improve the sound a little by boosting the bass and lowering the treble in user settings.
This TV has a few ports, but nothing that'll allow you to add anything extraordinary-- it's really about as basic as it gets when it comes to HTDVs. There are three HDMI ports, one PC port, one USB port, and a few inputs to hook up a VCR or other device that uses RCA cables (like a camera). As disappointing as that may seem at first, remember that you can always upgrade your TV with something like the Roku HD Streaming Player or Sony BDP-S390 Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi (Black)to add wifi, live streaming, and media sharing.
There were a few things that I wish could've been done better. The remote control is huge, oddly laid out and chunky, but I guess I can switch to a universal remote. Also, you can't change "tint" in user settings. It's literally the one feature out of all the others ("contrast", "color", etc) that's greyed out for some reason. It drives me crazy (I like my colors to run a little bit warmer than the "warm temperature setting" on this TV), but most people I think will probably be more than happy with the colors on this TV.
The TV's onscreen menu is kinda cheesy and the one thing that gives it away as being "budget." For the most part, it's a very basic non-serif font (maybe Arial) set against a basic blue background. In the grander scheme of things, it's not a big deal and shouldn't be a dealbreaker; I just wish a little more thought had been put into it.
The "Input" selection could've been better. On the Sylvanias we have, you can either channel surf to which component you want by pressing the Channel +/- button, or you can keep pressing the input button itself. On this TV, you have to go through the cumbersome process of first pressing "Input", then using arrow keys to choose your component. Again, not a big deal but it takes some getting used to.
Keep in mind, though, that these are minor quibbles that in no way, shape, or form is a reflection on the performance of this TV. This is by all appearances a solid TV with no glitches or defects that I'm aware of, and it looks great, too. Of course, it's not a fancy shmancy, top of the line beast, but what's great about it as I said is that you can add components to it that'll make it more "Smart TV-like."
All in all a good purchase that I don't regret for one minute.